Benedicte Kouassi of the Ivory Coast, and Chair of the Publications and Communications Committee attended the One Young World Conference in the US in October. This is her summary report.
Global warming, unemployment, infectious diseases, poverty, food insecurity… are some of the issues the world is facing. Many conferences have brought together the world leaders to address these issues. Unfortunately, the situation is still the same. Today of the 34.2 million people living with HIV, 7 million are young people. Every minute a young woman is newly infected with HIV. Globally some 74.8 million youth aged 15–24 were unemployed, an increase of more than 4 million since 2007. The global youth unemployment rate, at 12.7 per cent, remains a full percentage point higher than the pre-crisis level. Some 101 million children are not in school, more than half of them are girls. Global warning seriously affects agriculture therefore threatening countries economies. Food insecurity is a reality. Challenges are big and it seems impossible to achieve a better world.
Between October 18 -21 these young people debated issues such as education, transparency, global health, human rights, leadership and sustainable development. The delegates listened to advice from world recognized leaders such as former presidents Bill Clinton and Alvaro Oribe, writer Fatima Bhutto, professor Mohamad Yunus, Unaids Goodwill ambassador James Chau, Bob Geldoff of LiveAid just to name a few. On the summit’s last day, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan met with young people and talked about global citizenship. The summit was a mixture of plenary, breakouts and special sessions.
The delegates say this summit motivated them a lot. ‘This summit encourages me to do better as a change agent’ a delegate says. The summit ended with a pledge from delegates to improve their communities.
The next One Young World summit will be held in Johannesburgh, South Africa
More information available here
 World Health organization, media centre,factsheet n 360 , July 2012, consulted on October,25 2012
 GlobalUnemployment Trends 2012, International Labor Office , viewed on october 25, 2012
 Unicef,Basic education and gender equality, equal access to education, viewed on october 25, 2012